The Parkland School District Board of School Directors and the Parkland Education Association (PEA) reached a three-year contract agreement when the Parkland School Board approved a new contract on December 15, 2015. The District’s teachers ratified the agreement earlier in the day. The agreement will be in effect from September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2019. The PEA represents approximately 640 members, including teachers, nurses, guidance counselors and other professional staff.
The contract includes a 2.4% annual salary increase, inclusive of step movement. Stipend salaries for athletic coaches and department chairs will increase 2.4% each year and student activity advisors will receive a 5% increase each year in their respective stipends.
Employees under this agreement will have a choice between two medical insurance Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) programs. Employee contributions for the PPO 6 option will not increase in the 2016-17 school year. In the 2017-18 school year, employee contributions will increase to $75 per month for single coverage and to $150 per month for family coverage. In 2018-19, employee contributions for single coverage will increase to $85 per month and family coverage will increase to $170 per month. PPO 6 employee contributions equate, on average, to approximately 10% of the total premium cost. The PPO 750 option has lower total premium costs, higher employee deductibles and higher employee copayments for certain services. In the PPO 750 option, employee contributions will not increase in 2016-17. In 2017-18, employee contributions for the PPO 750 option will be $5 per month for single coverage and $20 per month for family coverage. In 2018-19, employee contributions will be $15 per month for single coverage and $40 per month for family coverage. In the event that any health benefit plan offered by the District exceeds the threshold for any tax associated with the Affordable Care Act, the District and Union agreed to share the cost equally.
Board President David Kennedy stated, “We are so pleased to enter into an early bird agreement with our staff. Labor peace is good for everyone. Our teachers feel valued and we appreciate that our staff continues to recognize that increases to healthcare contributions are necessary for the District to handle the rising cost of medical insurance. We thank the PEA for being a partner in helping us to manage the educational funding crisis that persists in Pennsylvania and across the nation.”
Mr. Richard T. Sniscak, Superintendent, stated, “Both parties acted professionally and collaboratively throughout the negotiations process. The end result is a fair contract that is fiscally responsible, while rewarding our employees for their skills and dedication to the important and varied roles they play within Parkland.”
Sandi Gackenbach, President of the Parkland Education Association, offered, “Our membership is pleased that we have an ongoing collaborative relationship with the School Board and Administration. All groups were sensitive to our community’s ability to pay for this 3-year agreement while keeping student needs and interests top of mind. Everyone should take pride that we have come to a settlement worthy of the reputation for excellence that Parkland enjoys.”